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X-REF, not just import
show user profile  MWZ

Is there a way to actually x-ref in a Revit file and not just import the fbx? I can easily export the fbx file from Revit and import the file into max, but if the file changes I must replace the scene with the updated model. Then I must re-apply all of my materials and mapping.

I know that there is a file link manager and you can link to a dwg, however, when you reload thupdated file you lose the materials you applied, at least some of them.

Any thoughts on how you can basically x-ref the file and reload it without losing the materials and mapping you have applied? Thank you.
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3/16/2009 9:37:44 AM (last edit: 3/16/2009 9:37:44 AM)
show user profile  del3d
I'd happy to find out too. I tried to use file link some time ago and it was buggy and was making my max hang. Not even mentioning material assignment..
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3/16/2009 11:43:35 AM (last edit: 3/16/2009 11:43:35 AM)
show user profile  kiko
I've had the very same problem, file link manager reloading looses all of the materials (not the UVW's though), if anyone knows how to solve this issue im interested.

Cheers, -- David --
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3/16/2009 6:28:56 PM (last edit: 3/16/2009 6:28:56 PM)
show user profile  MWZ
del and kiko_
i did find a work around that max has in help dialog. Basically you import your revit fbx file into a max file and save it as xref.max. then open a new max file and use file>x-ref objects add your x-ref.max file and add its objects. Then save this file as your master file. now if you change your revit file you must export an fbx file again(autodesk reccomends overwritting your existing for less confusion. Then you must import this into a new max file and save it as xref.max. Close it and open your master file. You will notice that your model is update, but all of the materials are still on the objects you placed them on. This is because max reconizes Revit model names and associates the object with the material. now if you delete objects and then try to add them back in your revit model, things might go crazy, but it does work for changes in wall sizes and such. hope this helps to some degree.
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3/26/2009 7:54:54 AM (last edit: 3/26/2009 7:54:54 AM)
show user profile  HateTank
Try setting your Advanced File link manager settings to :
"Layer, Blocks as Node hierachy"
in the drop down. I've had the same issues with loosing materials here at work, but this setting works everytime - of course we only file link dwg's.


Nick Jensen
Polygon wrestler - Rockstar


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3/26/2009 8:26:39 AM (last edit: 3/26/2009 8:26:39 AM)
show user profile  del3d
Yeah, I'd need it for dwgs, too. I'll give it a shot.
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3/26/2009 8:33:26 AM (last edit: 3/26/2009 8:33:26 AM)
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